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A Feature in South African Frontier Life,

HUDSON M.B. (1852.)

£675.00  [First Edition]

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based on the wanderings of a frontier family, but embracing a complete record of the Kafir War of 1850-1851.First edition. 12mo. Very good contemporary half red morocco, joints repaired, marbled boards, slightly worn at extremities. xxiv, 270pp. Port Elizabeth,

With the following presentation inscription on the front free endpaper "The Editor of the "Grahams Town Journal" from the Author." The Editor, and owner of the ...Journal, was Robert Godlonton, author and editor of several important works on the Kafir War.

An extremely detailed verse account of the hostilities between the settlers in Albany and the Kafirs. The murder of Purcell, a trader, is often posited as the starting point, as is "the lenient methods pursued by the authorities with regard to the thieving propensities of natives, gradually [resulting] in more daring outrages on their part" (Mendelssohn). Peace was finally reached with Kreli on May 19th and later with the Gaika tribe on September 17th. Mendelssohn III, pp615.

Stock Code: 198510